- Jun 19, 2021
Christians together can change the world. That was the message Pope Francis gave Wednesday to Catholic leaders, evangelical and pentecostal pastors gathered for this year’s John 17 retreat, encouraging them to continue on a path of unity.
In a time of intense division in the country, the Gospel calls us to love, Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares of Phoenix said in a virtual reflection for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25.
The Catholic Church gives an authentic witness of God’s love for all men and women only when it fosters the grace of unity and communion, Pope Francis said.
The bishop of the Diocese of Essen, Germany, voiced support for allowing a Protestant married to a Catholic to receive Communion during his diocese’s annual Corpus Christi procession May 31.
Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church says only religion can overcome terrorism, but his top deputy is skeptical about unity between Catholic and Orthodox Christians.
In an open letter Dec. 15, a group of 20 Catholic bishops and other religious leaders described as “deeply troubling” the movement today “to enforce the false idea — that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa.”
By 1900, atheists and agnostics were becoming more prominent in the United States. Anxious Protestant religious leaders started to argue in favor of a united Christianity to stop the spread of these ideas. For this group, unity meant more than cooperation or mutual understanding. It meant the actual reunion of Protestantism and Catholicism.